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Tommie Smith Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

Smith and Carlos embodied many African Americans' Summer of Love and Reckoning

Smith and Carlos embodied many African Americans’ Summer of Love and Reckoning

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Fifty years ago this week, two proud Olympians raised their fists to call attention to social injustices. Their gesture made my heart swell with pride. By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, The Guardian — In the summer of 1967, 100,000 fashion-forward and social-forward youth gathered in San Francisco in what has famously been called the Summer of Love. Similar gatherings occurred throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, all in an effort to reject the…

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